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In a trailer park, isolated mothers pursue a shared dream

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“Zindy is a Mexican immigrant and domestic abuse survivor who lives with her five children at an isolated Atlanta-area trailer park. She notices that other park residents — immigrants from Mexico and Central America — struggle with the same issues she does, such as English fluency, reluctance to trust others, and limited access to education and other services. Zindy views their shared isolation as an opportunity and unites mothers in the community with similar cultural norms and practices — not to address shared problems, like domestic abuse, but to realize their common dreams for their children. This is the story of how they forged cultural ties and mutual trust, and the confidence to seek outside help in creating an escuelita (“little school”).”
Grade Level
6-8
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
LEARNING PLAN

Diversity: An opportunity for enlightened perceptions

  • How do diverse settings offer new perceptions of life?
  • Why is it important to look outside of the media to learn more about other cultures, beliefs and traditions?
  • I can understand the opportunities of growth in society in relation to diversity.
  • I can recognize aspects of life that may differ from mine through different ways.
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Gender Issues

  • What makes us who we are?
  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • Do the ways we present our identities change depending on where we are or the people we are with?
  • Grade Level
    Subject
    Social Studies
    SEL
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Sample 1

  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • Do the ways we identify ourselves change over time?
  • Do the ways we present our identities change depending on where we are or the people we are with?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Civics
    Social Justice Domains